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SICILY TOURS

Departure from: Palermo Hotel City, Palermo Port,

Agrigento tour : /Visit the Temple Valley in tour Agrigento, one of the most important archeological sites in the world and a Unesco world heritage site, where you will admire the finest of all ancient Greek sites: the complete Doric Temples. The Archaeological and Landscape Park of the Valley of the Temples is an examples of Greater Greece art and architecture. Declared UNESCO World Heritage, contains exceptional monumental and includes the ruins of the ancient city of Akragas immersed in a rural landscape, characterized by the presence of century-old olive and almond trees.

Caltagirone, city of ceramics tour: The reason behind it all rests in the inexhaustible deposits of clay occurring in the area. The ease with which this raw material can be extracted has underpinned the success of the terracotta potteries, in manufacturing tableware especially, for distribution throughout the region.Local shapes gave way to Greek influences (as trade increased). This soon became one of the town’s main activities. The production improved becoming more efficient and more precise and the wheel was introduced (by the Cretans in about 1000 BC).

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Departure from: Palermo Hotel City, Palermo Port, Cefalu Hotel .

An amazing experience through Etna area to discover the Volcano and its lava fields and then a short walking tour of famous Taormina and of Castelmola: the balcony over Taormina and its amazing bay !

Etna tour: visit the slopes of Mount Etna to experience the lava fields and the incredible landscape view from Europe s highest and most active volcano, in June 2013 was declared UNESCO Heritage. The Etna Volcano is one of Sicily s main tourist attractions, with thousands of visitors every year. The most common route is through the road leading to Sapienza Refuge, lying at the south of the crater at elevation of 1910 m. It hosts a large parking, several bars, a hotel, and is a starting point for the cable car. From the Refuge, a cableway runs uphill to the elevation of 2500 m; from there, visitors can take a drive with special terrain vehicles, or take a long walk to the designated crater area at 2920 m.
Taormina tour: Time at leisure for an independent tour of Taormina, ideal for strolling and window-shopping. The core of the town is pedestrian and walking through its streets which indulge you in the Taormina atmosphere. We suggest you to relax in a cafe and taste a granita (sicilian-style water ice with granular texture and different fruit juice). Moreover you can enjoy an independent visit to the famed Greek-Roman Theatre or several minor sites to be discovered around Taormina.
Castelmola tour: offers a balcony over Taormina and the bay of Giardini Naxos and is framed by the mysterious and beautiful active volcano, Mount Etna. Spectacular panoramas, narrow winding streets and old world charm make Castelmola a fascinating village.

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Departure from: Palermo Hotel City, Palermo Port.

Discover the Dome in Monreale tour, famous for the gold mosaics representing scenes from the Old and New Testaments and Visit the ancient center of Corleone, a small village close Palermo with Anti-mafia museum CIDMA.
Monreale tour: visit of Arab-Norman town Monreale, with its amazing view panoramic overlooking the famous Conca d Oro and entire city of Palermo. In this town the art and architecture reached the pinnacle of its glory with the Dome launched in 1174 by William II and represent the scene from the Old and New Testaments all in golden mosaics.

Corleone tour: drive to small village Corleone which is one of the attractive places in the environ of Palermo and is known primarily as the birthplace of Mafia. Beginning in the 1960s, the village became famous for its Mafia, indeed the name of the town was used as the adopted surname of the title character in Francis Ford Coppola s movie, The Godfather. The Anti-mafia museum CIDMA, is an organization that collect all the docs and pictures of the most important mafia bloodsheds. For sure this is an educt tour because instructs people to understand how Sicilians hate mafia and how important and honest judges and police staff risk their life trying to destroy the mafia s power.

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Departure from: Palermo Hotel City, Palermo Port.

Monreale tour: visit of Arab-Norman town Monreale, with its amazing view panoramic overlooking the famous Conca d Oro and entire city of Palermo. In this town the art and architecture reached the pinnacle of its glory with the Dome launched in 1174 by William II and represent the scene from the Old and New Testaments all in golden mosaics.

Visit of Castelbuono town famous for its castle from which its name derives and around which the city grew up in the 14th century, on the San Pietro hill. Later, driving down to the sea, you can relax walking through the streets of Cefalu, a little town of greek origin near the sea with a beautiful harbour, from which it is possible to observe the characteristic front of the picturesque town.
Cefalu tour: The town is one of the major tourist attractions in the region and every year it attracts thousands of tourists from all parts of the world, in summer the population can triple, making the main streets in the country crowded. So there is then a youthful atmosphere and a lively nightlife. Of Greek foundation, the city evidently derived its name from its position on a lofty and precipitous rock, forming a headland which projecting into the sea and stunning beaches of fine sand. The ancient main site is its Cathedral, begun in 1131, in a style of Norman architecture which would be more accurately called Sicilian Romanesque, moreover you can visit so many Churches and old Palaces.

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Castelbuono tour: the construction of the Castle began in 1316, by order of Count Francesco I of Ventimiglia, over the ruins of the ancient Byzantine town of Ypsigro, Hence its original name, Castello del buon aere (Castle of good air). The Castle mixes Arab-Norman features with others typical of the built during the Hohenstaufen rule of southern Italy the cube shape recalls Arabic architecture. In the second floor rises the sumptuous Cappella Palatina (Palace Chapel) was built in 1683 by the brothers Giuseppe and Giacomo Serpotta, with a great profusion of precious marble, stuccowork, putti, and friezes that commemorate the most resplendent moments in the history of the House of Ventimiglia and you can find around the town.

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Departure from: Sircacusa, Ortigia.

Noto : It is 32 kilometres southwest of the city of Siracusa at the foot of the Iblean Mountain and gives its name to the surrounding area, Val di Noto. Noto is famous for its fine buildings of the early 18th century, considered among the main masterpieces in the Sicilian Baroque style. It is a place of many religious buildings, there are several palaces, Churches and many others. The old has mixed with the new, and a view from the top of a building on the hill will show the older buildings mixed with new and rebuilt architecture. The Cathedral, began in the early 18th century and was completed in 1776.

Modica is an attractive historic town in south-eastern Sicily, one of the area s UNESCO-listed Baroque towns. Modica is particularly famous for its chocolate, and it is an appealing destination for food-lovers, making a good holiday base or day-trip destination.

Ragusa is one of the most picturesque towns in Sicily. The view from the upper town over Ragusa Ibla on its own separate hilltop is quite breathtaking. One of the UNESCO-listed Baroque towns of south-eastern Sicily, Ragusa is also one of the principal filming locations for the Sicilian detective drama Il Commissario Montalbano (Inspector Montalbano), a series which has done wonders for publicising the beauty of this area. With a new airport at Comiso, ten miles away, due to open, this is a tourist destination which is definitely up and coming.

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Departure from: Palermo Hotel City, Palermo Port.

The easy way to explore Palermo s historic heritage, on board elegant cars and with driver who speaks english. The 7 hours city tour includes the visit of: Castello della Zisa, Catacombe dei Cappuccini, Cappella Palatina, Palazzo dei Normanni, Cattedrale, Mercato di Ballaro, Chiesa della Martorana, Mercato della Vucciria, Palazzo Abatellis, Orto Botanico, Monreale, Monte Pellegrino, Mondello.

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Departure from: Palermo Hotel City, Palermo Port, Cefalu Hotel.

Driving toward Taormina tour through the visit of the Roman Villa of Casale with its wonderful mosaics at Piazza Armerina. After you can enjoy an independent tour of the famous Taormina and of Castelmola: the balcony over Taormina and its amazing bay!

Piazza Armerina: The Villa of Casale, declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, was likely a hunting lodge belonging to the Emperor Massimiliano or a powerful Roman nobleman. The importance of the villa to the global nature is due to the impeccable condition of the mosaics, also considered the largest and most beautiful ever built in Roman times.

Taormina tour: Time at leisure for an independent tour of Taormina, ideal for strolling and window-shopping. The core of the town is pedestrian and walking through its streets which indulge you in the Taormina atmosphere. We suggest you to relax in a cafe and taste a granita (sicilian-style water ice with granular texture and different fruit juice). Moreover you can enjoy an independent visit to the famed Greek-Roman Theatre or several minor sites to be discovered around Taormina.

Castelmola: offers a balcony over Taormina and the bay of Giardini Naxos and is framed by the mysterious and beautiful active volcano, Mount Etna. Spectacular panoramas, narrow winding streets and old world charm make Castelmola a fascinating village.

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Go on trail of Inspector Montalbano and discover the Sicilian locations where Montalbano is filmed.
Visit Ragusa Ibla and a unique architectural phenomenon in the world, the Val di Noto Baroque, included in the Unesco Heritage Site list. We will show you a timeless Sicily in a maze of narrow cobbled streets, churches, palaces and monuments.
The most of them are adorned with capitals made of local stone and inlaid by the hands of skilled craftsmen.
Visit the Castle of Donnafugata from the 19 century and have a great Sicilian lunch at a nearby typical farmhouse.
Discover the stunning beach of Punta Secca and then Scicli and Modica to discover their baroque identity and their culinary tradition rich in ice creams and chocolates.

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Departure from: Palermo Hotel City, Palermo Port, Castellammare del Golfo Hotel .

Walking tour through the ancient streets of Erice, medieval town settled by Elymians and visit the V sec. A.C. Greek Temple of Segesta.
Erice: this town was an important religious site associated with goddesses of fertility and it is famous also for the homemade pastries shops, world-renown for marzipan candies and almond and pistachio pastries, of course famous also for a lot of local craft shops.

Segesta: a visit of the V sec. b.C. Greek Temple of Segesta that was one of the major cities of the Elymian people, one of indigenous peoples of the ancient Sicily.

Selinunte is one of Sicily s great Greek archaeological sites. Situated by the sea in the south-western corner of Sicily, the isolated ruins here have stood abandoned for most of their history. The lack of later development allows modern visitors to imagine the ancient town of Selinus as it would have been two and a half thousand years ago.

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Departure from: Palermo Hotel City, Palermo Port, Cefalu Hotel.

Visit Siracusa, a wonderful ancient city that belongs to the Unesco heritage. Stroll through the streets of Ortygia Island and visit on your own the Archaeological Park. Enjoy also the visit of the older Noto town which its church were declared Unesco heritage.

Siracusa tour: belongs to the Unesco heritage, is a wonderful ancient city, founded by colonists from Cornith in 735 B.C. and once the most important competitor to Athens. Stroll through the streets of Ortygia Island, the heart of the city center and visit on your own the Archaeological Park that highlights the Greek Theatre, the Roman Amphitheatre and the Paradise Quarry.

Noto tour: It is 32 kilometres southwest of the city of Siracusa at the foot of the Iblean Mountain and gives its name to the surrounding area, Val di Noto. Noto is famous for its fine buildings of the early 18th century, considered among the main masterpieces in the Sicilian Baroque style. It is a place of many religious buildings, there are several palaces, Churches and many others. The old has mixed with the new, and a view from the top of a building on the hill will show the older buildings mixed with new and rebuilt architecture. The Cathedral, began in the early 18th century and was completed in 1776.

Ragusa is one of the most picturesque towns in Sicily. The view from the upper town over Ragusa Ibla on its own separate hilltop is quite breathtaking. One of the UNESCO-listed Baroque towns of south-eastern Sicily, Ragusa is also one of the principal filming locations for the Sicilian detective drama Il Commissario Montalbano (Inspector Montalbano), a series which has done wonders for publicising the beauty of this area. With a new airport at Comiso, ten miles away, due to open, this is a tourist destination which is definitely up and coming.

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Discover the Aeolian Islands, one of the most stunning archipelagos of the world.

Transfer to the harbour of Milazzo and navigate to Lipari. Visit its historic centre and its important museum of archeology.

Enjoy Cave di Pomice (Pumice quarry), a white coastline where waters have an incredible kind of blue. Spend your time swimming and snorkeling. Reach Vulcano island, the 3rd Sicilian active volcano and also an island with beautiful black sand beaches.

Have a lunch at a typical Sicilian restaurant. Enjoy a hot mud sulphur bath or an easy hiking to the top of the volcano: you can reach the crater in 40 minutes from the beach.

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A great daily cruise among one of the most stunning coasts of Sicily.

Have a private transfer from Palermo to Castellammare del Golfo and navigate to Scopello, the great location of the movie Ocean 12. Enjoy the amazing cove, the old tuna fishery and the Faraglioni (majestic sea stacks with prickly pear cactus on the top).

Move to the Zingaro Nature Reserve, 7 kilometers of unspoilt coastline and several beaches. Take the chance to go snorkeling in pristine waters, rich in unique Mediterranean flora and fauna.

On request you can enjoy the fishing tourism to catch your own fish and eat it on board or reach San Vito Lo Capo to enjoy its amazing sandy beach, maybe the best beach in Sicily!

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On the tracks of a Sicilian peasant have a special Escorted Tour in the Madonie National Park and enjoy the delicacies of this area.

In the morning have a great walk with donkeys among the Flowering Ashes and discover how Manna (a white crystal utilized in the making of Sicilian pastries) comes from tapping these trees. Meet an authentic shepherd, enjoy his cheese and many other delicacies from the area of the Madonie during a lunch in one of the most panoramic point of the park.

In the afternoon you will visit Castelbuono, a small medieval town full of life, picturesque corners and history, such as the Ventimiglia Castle built in 1316.

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Catania is located on the east coast of Sicily, at the foot of the Mount Etna. It is the second largest city in Sicily and the tenth in Italy. It has had a long and eventful history, having been founded in the 8th century BC by the ancient Greeks.

You will visit the Baroque city center of Catania (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), famous for the Roman amphitheatre, the historical churches, the Ursino Castle and the Piazza Duomo with the famous elephant (symbol of the city).

You will have a typical Sicilian lunch at a restaurant in the heart of the city and you will enjoy a funny experience at Piscar�a, an authentic Sicilian outdoor fish market where you will be seduced by colours and flavours.

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Discover Cefalu a picturesque fishing village and also a medieval town located at the slopes of the Madonie Natural Park.

In the morning start your walking tour with a licensed English speaking tourist guide. Walk through the narrow streets paved with cobblestones which lead to the various Norman palaces and churches. Discover the medieval architecture of the city-center of Cefalù and admire the cathedral, built in 1131.

Enjoy a typical Sicilian lunch at a special restaurant with a stunning view on the Mediterranean Sea.

After lunch spend some time relaxing at the beautiful beach, shopping or enjoying a traditional Sicilian ice cream.

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Enjoy a great Palermo walking tour, the Arab Norman circuit, a real open air museum included in the Unesco World Heritage list in 2015.

Start your tour from the Norman Cathedral of Monreale, one of the finest example of sacred architecture in the world because of its famous painting of Christ Pantocrator, the refined Byzantines mosaics and the cloister built by the Benedictines during the 12nd century. Experience this guided walking tour, visiting the Cathedral, the Royal Palace and the Palatine Chapel, the Massimo Theatre, Piazza Pretoria, the Quattro Canti, the Church of Martorana, the famous historic outdoor markets and the other highly recommended stopovers.

During the Private Tour you will enjoy the traditional Sicilian cuisine at a special restaurant in the historic city center. In the afternoon you can visit the famous Cathedral of Monreale.

A licensed English speaking tourist guide is provided for the whole day. A private transfer from/to Monreale is included.

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